Getting to Know Local Men Representing the Flourishing Community
John Wright, Golf Pro at JW Marriott Desert Ridge
John Wright didn’t pick up a golf club until he was 21. He knew he found his calling when this led to receiving MVP honors for the golf team at Rutgers University.
The best part of his job has been meeting people from all over the world and introducing them to a desert-style golf course. John feels privileged to work for Marriott as it affords him the opportunity to give back to the community through Children’s Miracle Network and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
“People go to the doctor’s office or post office because they have to,” he says. “They come to my place of business because they want to. I love that about my industry.”
Mike Cook & Marc Poortinga, Co-Owners of Distinctive Cabinetry
In 2008, Mike Cook and Marc Poortinga laid the foundation for one of Scottsdale’s most successful custom cabinetry companies. Marc explains that his favorite part of the business is seeing their designers be empowered to create one-of-a-kind looks because it’s a tangible result that they can take pride in.
“Everything from finishes to door styles are completely unique,” Marc says. “We make everything here in Arizona and have created the perfect local niche for ourselves. It isn’t about profitability; it’s about happy customers.”
Distinctive Cabinetry’s designs can be seen in the community through charitable donations to churches and women’s shelters.
Chad Bettis, Pitcher for the Colorado Rockies
In 2017, Chad Bettis made a comeback start in a game against the Atlanta Braves. A baseball player since high school, Chad was well into a successful career when he was told he had cancer. He underwent treatment, and, now in remission, he decided to lay roots in Arizona, where the Rockies hold spring training. He recently partnered with the Testicular Cancer Society to begin the annual Chad Bettis Charity Classic and uses his position to educate others and raise funds.
“Arizona holds a special place in my heart,” he says. “It is where I met my wife, had my daughter and a place we can go on endless adventures now that we’ve returned to the normalcy of everyday life.”
Brett Vibber, Owner and Head Chef of Cartwright’s Modern Cusine
Brett Vibber prides himself on being a student of global cuisine while also staying true to his roots in Arizona. Brett promotes the idea of eating local and honoring the land by supporting farms in his home state, as well as growing and foraging for native foods on his own property as well as in surrounding areas. He built upon the Cartwright’s legacy by creating a place to enjoy an eclectic blend of high-quality local ingredients that are unique in taste and presentation.
“Cartwright’s brought me back to Arizona and has helped me achieve my dreams,” he says.
Scott Pfeiffer, Owner of Sonora West Development
Scott Pfeiffer brings a wealth of expertise and creativity when creating a client’s dream home. Moreover, Scott and his team push the envelope by cultivating designs that are distinct and inimitable. Scott has a passion for charity as well, building playhouses for The Panda Charity Auction and working with Miracle League, uniting special needs children and sports.
In his free time, Scott likes to get an aerial view of Scottsdale by flying in one of his aircraft. This passion and hobby has led Scott to clients in the aviation industry.
“We do things very differently by getting edgy with designs and creating new concepts instead of following trends,” he says.
Chad Norris, Vice President of Sales/Lead Designer of Desert Foothills Landscape
Chad Norris has his designs featured on home tours throughout the community. He believes that landscapes are a living art form, combining textures and colors to create lush, year-round beauty. Chad adopted the philosophy of hands-on longevity with clients, pulling from his childhood mentor in the industry: his father. Chad also has a flair for philanthropy, his favorite project being The Carefree Gardens.
“It’s an honor to improve the look of a home,” he says. “I don’t draw out my plans; it’s an evolution. The homeowner gives me a blank canvas and their trust is pretty remarkable.”